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Sunny Fort Lauderdale is one of the top tourist destinations in Southern Florida. Popular for its Everglades airboat tours, plentiful shopping and dining on Las Olas Boulevard, and its famous international boating show, Fort Lauderdale’s many attractions draw people from all over the country.
Unfortunately, our city is also known for its heavy traffic and high occurrence of car accidents, those involving pedestrians. Whether you’re commuting to work on the I-95 or taking a leisurely drive on the A1A, there’s always a risk of a automobile crash.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a automobile wreck due to the carelessness of another motorist, we may be able to help. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn how our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can help.
About Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance
In certain states, such as Florida, motorists are required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Although PIP is a no-fault insurance policy and will cover your injuries to a certain extent even if you did cause the accident, it can limit the legal options of those seriously.
Motor vehicle wreck victims must meet a certain injury threshold to be eligible to pursue additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Injuries which meet this threshold include paralysis, brain damage, significant head injuries, permanent scarring and disfigurement, or fractured bones.
If your lawyer cannot prove your injury meets this threshold, you may not be able to file a lawsuit for additional compensation. An immediate evaluation by a physician, in addition to further testing and monitoring at the hospital, is essential to prove that your injury is severe enough to warrant legal action under Florida’s insurance laws.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious and even fatal injuries. Among the many car crash cases our attorneys have handled, we have encountered victims with severe injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
Cyclist and Pedestrian Accidents
Fort Lauderdale has the nation’s second highest pedestrian fatality rate, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Despite our city’s work to combat this startling statistic through the Vision Zero program, we have a long way to go and those who regularly bike and walk are put at serious risk every day. If you were hurt by a motorist while biking or walking around the city, you don’t have to stand for it. Our attorneys can help recover compensation for your injuries and fight to get you and your family justice for the harm done to you.
What Could I Recover in a Car Accident Lawsuit?
If your lawyer prevails in winning your automobile wreck lawsuit, you could be able to recover the following forms of compensation:
Economic Damages: Compensation for current and future related medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity fall under the umbrella of economic damages.
Noneconomic Damages: Compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, paralysis, disfigurement, and amputations fall under the umbrella of noneconomic damages. In the case of a wrongful death lawsuit that was caused by a fatal car accident, families may be able to recover funeral expenses and other related costs following the death of their loved one.
How a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have decades of experience helping clients to get the compensation they need and deserve. Although past success cannot guarantee a future outcome, our attorneys have recovered millions for clients hurt in car crashes, including a $5.2 million settlement after a rollover rendered a victim paraplegic.